Just Cases

Just Cases

Real court cases that have changed the way we live our lives. JUST CASES tells the backstory to the most important legal decisions you've never heard of. www.justcasespodcast.com... Show More

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How does the law balance the rights of women to access safe and legal abortions with the right to free speech and protest? For over twenty years anti-abortion protesters have picketed abortion clinics around Australia. To combat this targeted harassment of women seeking safe and legal abortions, state governments have passed ‘safe access zone’ laws which create an exclusion zone around abortion clinics which protestors cannot en... Read more

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A fight over a new toilet block at a Catholic school in 1962 turns into a major constitutional and ideological war, the effects of which last until today. Australians traditionally sees themselves as pretty secular compared to the rest of the world. But how Australians choose to fund their children’s education paints a very different picture. For every dollar the Federal Government spends per student in a private or independent ... Read more

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Issues affecting transgender people are much more prominent in the public consciousness than they’ve ever been. This episode of JUST CASES explores one important legal issue: can children access hormone therapy or surgery in Australia? We speak to the judge who decided this important case and learn what it’s like to make such life-changing decisions. WARNING: This episode contains some difficult subject matter. There’s mentions o... Read more

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The corruption case against former South African president Jacob Zuma has begun. Zuma’s case lifts the lid on the influence of weapons companies on governments worldwide. “It’s not a story of a corrupt guy, Jacob Zuma,” says Hennie van Vuuren, the director of Open Secrets, a South African organisation that investigates economic crimes and abuses of power. “[Instead] it’s a story of a network of players around the globe - in cor... Read more

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May 28, 2019 49 sec

The corruption trial of former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, exposes the influence of weapons companies on governments worldwide. (UPCOMING EPISODE) www.JustCasesPodcast.com Music: 'Alum Drum Solo' by Blue Dot Sessions

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May 10, 2019 59 sec

JUST CASES is back for another season. This season we’re looking ahead to some major court cases you need to know about, which will have an impact on our lives in the future. Can you create a valid will using emojis? Is the game over for the big end of town? Can the banks and financial sector finally be hit with some hardcore criminal law? In the age of political fracturing worldwide, how far does your right to protest extend... Read more

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November 23, 2018 36 min

It's just before midnight on 10 July 1985. The Port of Auckland, New Zealand. The Rainbow Warrior, a Greenpeace anti-nuclear protest ship, is sitting at its dock when two massive explosions tear through its hull. A man is killed onboard. What follows is one of the most bizarre and sinister of diplomatic incidents. The hunt for his killers uncovers an international network of spies, and exposes a highly-coordinated attack planned fr... Read more

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November 2, 2018 34 min

A series of factory fires in Sydney in 1916 leads to a full-blown treason trial. The case of the ‘IWW Twelve’ sees a dozen local members of a radical worldwide movement caught in a perfect political storm. Episode notes Storyteller: Dr Stephen Gray, Monash Law School Hosts: Dr Melissa Castan & James Pattison Topics for law nerds: Criminal law, jury trials, juries, police corruption, royal commissions, police powers, separation o... Read more

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October 19, 2018 22 min

It’s the night of 2 August 1926. Five nautical miles off the coast of Lesbos. A French ship, the SS Lotus, is cruising towards its destination of Constantinople. The ship’s first officer is keeping watch, but he doesn’t know that there’s a Turkish ship dead ahead. What lies ahead is not only a naval disaster, but a diplomatic dispute that throws a massive colonial power on a collision course with a young nation on the rise. MUS... Read more

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In 1886 a sensational banking scandal hit the headlines in Great Britain. It involved the world's richest man, John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, the 3rd Marquess of Bute, and it led to an absurd decision. More than a century later, the current Banking Royal Commission in Australia continues to expose stories of banks behaving badly. But it remains rare for the people at the helm of banks and other major corporations - the company dir... Read more

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August 23, 2018 29 min

If you engage in consensual sadomasochistic sex could you actually be found guilty of assault? The case of R v Brown is one of the most hotly debated decisions in legal history. WARNING: this episode contains descriptions of acts of a sexual nature, a violent nature, and a mention of suicide. Listener discretion is advised.

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A violent on-field incident in the Australian Football League (AFL) has led to calls for police to bring criminal charges against one of the league's best players. West Coast player Andrew Gaff has been suspended for eight matches for punching 18-year-old Fremantle player Andrew Brayshaw behind play. Brayshaw has undergone surgery on a broken jaw and will require further treatment for three broken teeth. The teenager's first sea... Read more

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August 8, 2018 1 min

After a lengthy hiatus, Just Cases is back! Delivered every fortnight, Season 2 explores some of the weirdest court cases the experts are able to dig up, all for your listening pleasure. Can athletes be charged with assault for something that happens on-field? Can a baby be the director of a company? Can some consensual sex acts be criminal - if you’re into S&M can you be prosecuted? Subscribe now so you’re the first to know whe... Read more

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The Victorian State Government has announced it will set up a safe injecting room, located in the inner Melbourne suburb of Richmond. It's a first for the state, and only the second in Australia. A safe injecting room in Sydney's Kings Cross was established in 2001. The announcement comes in response to a growing heroin problem in Victoria. The number of Victorians dying from overdoses has doubled in the last five years, and in th... Read more

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June 1996. Late at night, two young men cross paths on a Sydney street. When the sun rises the following morning, one of them will be found dead. The events of that evening are murky, but the resulting court case is unprecedented - and we still feel its effects. Music in this episode: - 'Made Men' by Audiobinger (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license) - 'You Cant Love Me' by Audiobinger (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license)

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The story of Ahmed Al-Kateb has far-reaching consequences for individual liberty. Mr Al-Kateb wanted to go home to Palestine, but the High Court decided he could be held indefinitely in Australia despite committing no crime. One constitutional law expert describes this "shocking case" as one which "shows us how even very clever judges sitting on the High Court can sometimes make terrible mistakes". Music in this episode: - 'Chin... Read more

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September 10, 2017 18 min

In the gig economy our cars, spare rooms and spare time have become handy money-earners. But sometimes things don't go as planned. If you're an Uber driver or Deliveroo cyclist and you injure someone else on the job, who has to cough up the money? Music in this episode: - 'A Lil Somethin' Somethin'' by The Good Lawdz (CC BY-SA 3.0 license) - 'Beach Aldente' by KieLoBot (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license)

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What's the High Court challenge to the marriage equality postal vote all about? In this *BONUS EPISODE* Robert French, former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, drops by to explore two very similar cases he decided that provide the basis for the current legal challenge. Music: 'Has Pluck' by Podington Bear (CC BY-NC 3.0 license)

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In the middle of WW1, the Australian government launches a stinging attack on an international 'extremist' network of German sympathisers. When a policeman is murdered in a small country town, the stage is set for a showdown between his killers and a political system with everything to lose. Music in this episode: - 'Felt Lining' by Blue Dot Sessions (CC BY-NC 4.0 license) - 'Attempt 1' by Jared C. Balogh (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 licens... Read more

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August 27, 2017 1 min

This new podcast from Monash Law School takes you behind the judgments and tells the backstory to some of the biggest legal cases that impact on our daily lives. (MUSIC: 'Albatross v2' by Computer Music All-Stars / CC BY 4.0 license)

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